Rohan Guildford Outdoor and Travel Clothing

Rohan Guildford 224-226 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JD

Welcome to Rohan Guildford from Manager Lorna Owens, Matt, Andy, Ben, Nick, Harry and Emily.

Rohan Guildford Address : 224-226 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JD

Shop Phone Number:  01483 546 329

Shop Opening Times:

Monday 11:00-17:00
Tuesday 09:30-17:30
Wednesday 09:30-17:30
Thursday 09:30-17:30
Friday 09:30-17:30
Saturday 09:30-17:30
Sunday 11:00-17:00

Directions to our shop: Train – Guildford lies on the main line between Waterloo and Portsmouth, trains run every 20 mins between the two. We are located at the other side of the town to Guildford’s main line train station, however this is a good excuse to take a 10-15 min walk through the town and appreciate the cobbled, historic High Street.

Bus – Guildford is a central station for most of the bus routes in the area. Again the bus station is located at the bottom of the town, with us at the top of the hill, but this is only a 10 min walk away. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle bus that travels around the town from the main station.
Car – Guildford is very accessible from the road, a short trip off the A3 between Portsmouth and the M25 will find you bang in the centre of town. There are car parks dotted throughout the town or park and ride’s at various locations outside the centre.
Foot – What would a Rohan store be if it wasn’t accessible from a picturesque footpath? Walk into Guildford alongside the River Wey Navigation’s or from the fantastic views of the North Downs and you’ll be within moments of the shop.

rohan guildford shop

Rohan Guildford opened in 2005. Located in part of the Georgian building Somerset House, we have a 3 floor palace with one of the largest selling spaces of the company.
Somerset House was built around 1700 for the Duke of Somerset, he used it for his stop overs when travelling between Petworth and London. He was said to be a very arrogant man and the story is told that the furious Duke shouted at a farmer who peered over his garden wall. The farmer disappeared, only to climb back up with his newly bought piglet so they could both look over the wall.

Now the building is split into 3 and we share it with an estate agents offices and Oxfam bookshop. Fantastic original features still exsist today including a grand sweeping staircase, a rustic wooden 1st floor, huge sash windows and high, vaulted ceilings. A fire gutted the 2nd floor in 2006 which exposed the true history of the building. Most the wooden beams in the roof space were 16th century Oak and the interior walls were original lime plaster. These are some of the reasons we didn’t re-open the store until the summer of 2008, all the original features had to be replaced in this grade 2 listed building.
If the above points don’t make you want to come and check out the shop and the building, what will?

The Nearest Parking:  The closest (and cheapest!) car park to the store is York Road, or you can park right outside the shop for half an hour costing 70p. If you want to experience more of what Guildford has to offer, park in either Bedford Road (for the main shopping area), Millmead (for the River Wey and theatres) or Milkhouse Gate (for the castle and historic High Street) all within walking distance of the shop. Unfortunately Guildford is not the cheapest place to park in the country but it’s worth it!

Staff Recommendations –  Before you see all the culture Guildford’s got to offer, you’re going to need some fuel! Staff recommendations in the town include: Top Table, a great place to get a doorstep sandwich or Jo Clarks, an intimate coffee shop. A short walk down the High Street and Chapel Street will lead you into an array of fantastic eateries.

Local Knowledge – The first thing that springs to mind when talking about Guildford is the history. The cobbled High Street running up from the River Wey is relatively unspoilt and lined by a number of fine buildings. Many of the buildings present a Georgian face to the world, hiding an older core. One of the best examples of this is the Angel Inn, the only remaining coaching inn, with records dating back to the 16th century. Beneath the inn lies a 13th century undercroft. Rooms within the inn are named after people who have reputedly stayed at the Angel – Sir Francis Drake, Oliver Cromwell (billeting of his troops forced the inn into bankruptcy), Lord Nelson and his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton and author Jane Austen.
However Guildford’s most famous building is the the Guildhall, a Tudor building to which a 17th century facade has been added. The most prominent feature is the clock overhanging the street. The date on the clock is 1683, the original inner works were much older (1560?) but over the years as parts have worn these have been replaced. The original bell has since cracked and been replaced by a new one from St Martha’s Church, from neighbouring village Chilworth.
Another interesting building is the Royal Grammar School at the top of the High Street (and it’s only a stone’s throw away from us!). Founded in 1509, the school contains a chained library started with books given to the school by John Parkhurst, Bishop of Norwich, a native of Guildford. The books include Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the World, written whist he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. Also documents from 1598 referring to a match of cricket played by the boys is one of the earliest references to the game. Two models of the earliest cricket bats are on display within the library.
A must see in Guildford is the Castle keep and grounds, especially in the summer when the grounds are groaning with flowers. Although there are no documents about the early years of Guildford castle, it is almost certain that it was built shortly after the Norman conquest of 1066, the only Norman Castle in Surrey. Guildford was an obvious site for a castle as it was the only town in Surrey, apart from Southwark, and is on an important route between London and the south coast and the west of England. Now only the keep and part of the walls remain but from the foot of the keep is one of the best views in Guildford out along the river valley.

Guildford is not only buzzing with history, there is plenty of other things to whet the palette.

Between June and August there is the Summer Festival in and around the town. This includes a bit of everything…Canal boat gatherings, walking tours of Guildford and surrounding areas, book festivals, outdoor theatre and live jazz performances. One of the main events is the music festival ‘Guilfest’, continuously voted the number one family friendly music festival in the UK. Previous years have seen the likes of Madness, Motorhead, Brian Wilson, Status Quo, Will Young, Paul Weller and Alice Cooper all headline the main stage.

We have two fantastic live performance theatres in Guildford, the Yvonne Arnald and Electric Theatre. The Yvonne Arnald is located right on the River Wey with a restaurant you can grab a bite from before the shows start. The Electric Theatre is located on the town wharf also by the river. The theatre is housed inside the old electricity power station, and adjacent to buildings that were home to one of the oldest car manufacturing plants in the country.

Every month there is a famer’s market on the High Street in support of all the local farmers in the area. Produce available include eggs, meats, beer, cheeses, wine and olives.

Guildford has seen a lot of the great literary minds, most interestingly Lewis Carroll. In 1868, a youthful-looking clergyman came to Guildford for the first time. He was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, then aged 36 he was on a house hunting expedition. He was already famous as Lewis Carroll, the author of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, which had been published three years earlier. However, it is unlikely that anyone he met on this visit to Guildford realised who he was. Later that year the Dodgson family had moved into The Chestnuts, near the Castle ruins. Lewis Carroll never actually lived in Guildford. However, his diaries make it clear that he was constantly up and down to Guildford, staying for a few days at a time. When he died of flu in 1897 he was buried in the cemetery on The Mount, with one of the best views of the cathedral and town in Guildford.

That really is scratching the surface, Guildford has a lot more to offer! Vist the Borough Council website for lots more information.


  1. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    With only 5 days left to receive a fantastic 15% discount on all lines when you Gift Your Gear, its time to get rummaging in those cupboards that haven’t been used since the winter kicked in and clear out your old gear to make way for new kit. The offer ends on the 31st of march so don’t leave it too late.

  2. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    The daffodils are out and the lambs are appearing in the fields which indicates that Spring is upon us. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can ditch your winter wardrobe just yet as early morning and evenings can still be chilly which is a perfect time to add cosy fleece to your collection. For those of you who are lucky enough to be escaping the last of the cold spell, you will be delighted to know that our spring/summer range is now almost all in store so that we can cater for all your travel needs. We also have the added advantage of Gift Your Gear for the month of March where you can swap any unused or unwanted outdoor gear for a 15% discount on any new gear that you wish to purchase. All donated gear is given to charities (further details to be found on Rohantime). See you all soon.

  3. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    Great news, we have extended our opening hours on Thursday the 18th of December until 8pm for all you late night shoppers so why not pop in after work for any last minute Christmas pressies or indeed something cosy for yourself to combat all this cold weather we are having. With the added bonus of free parking in Guildford on Thursday evenings it couldn’t be easier.

  4. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    With temperatures dipping to a chilly -2 this morning what an excellent time to make the most of our 20% off Selected Winter Warmers promotion. A cosy Merino wool base layer makes a fantastic addition to any wardrobe and toasty warm Goose down filled Nightfall jacket is the perfect foil for old Jack Frost. Hurry though as these offers are only around until the 1st of December. Buy your loved ones a cosy gift for Crimbo and save yourself some money into the bargain. It what’s know as a win win situation. See you soon.

  5. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    With only 6 weeks (or 42 shopping days) left until Christmas, now is a fantastic time to be sorting out all those presents for the special people in your lives. We currently have a fantastic range for all outdoor and travel enthusiasts. Whether you are planning a trip to some far flung exotic location or merely braving the daily commute to work, we have something for everyone that will guarantee smiles on Christmas morning. We also have a fantastic range of quirky gifts that will make fantastic stocking fillers.
    Unsure of what to purchase? No problem as a Gift card will ensure that the recipient can pick exactly what they have been looking for.
    Come and see us soon though as some lines are selling out already and we would hate to disappoint anyone.

  6. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    Great news! Gift Your Gear has been extended until Sunday the 5th of October giving you an extra 5 days to root out any unwanted outdoor gear in your collection and replace it with some brand new kit with the advantage of a 15% reduction. This warm weather can’t last for ever so don’t miss out on the chance to get a fantastic discount on all our cosy winter stock.

    Gift Your Gear – Donate your unwanted outdoor gear

  7. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    Its that time of year again when the days are still bright and warm but the evenings are starting to get a distinct chill about them. What better time to add a new cosy fleece to your wardrobe especially as Rohan has partnered with Gift Your Gear, if you donate your unwanted outdoor kit such as a waterproof, fleece or walking trousers, we will give you 15% off any purchases in our autumn winter range. This fantastic offer is only around for a short time though so check your cupboards and wardrobes and make some space for some lovely new items and help an excellent cause.

    Gift Your Gear – Donate your unwanted outdoor gear

  8. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    Our Summer Sale is now in full swing and we are already getting very low on some stock so make sure and visit us soon to avoid disappointment. We have something to cover all the different weather that we are having from hot days to wet days and everything inbetween. See you soon.

  9. Lorna @ Rohan Guildford says:

    With the Summer Essentials 20% off selected lines now in full swing it a great time to come and see us and check out all the great offers we have. Whether you are looking for something for your holidays or adventures, there is something to suit everyone. Hurry though as these offers can only last until Sunday the 8th of June.

  10. Lorna@Guildford says:

    Spring is most definately here now as the beautiful sunshine, lovely blooms and wee lambs gambolling about can testify too. Sunny days however lead to clear sky’s and temperatures plummeting in the evenings so make sure that you still have a cosy microgid stowaway fleece or spark top in your bag to keep the chill at bay over the easter period. Why not pop into see us and try some on and see just how packable these pieces are.

  11. Lorna@Guildford says:

    Last two days of Gift Your Gear which ends at close of business on Sunday. So take full advantage of getting rid of any unwanted outdoor kit that is cluttering up your cupboards which we will then pass on to various chaities and we will give you 15% off all your new purchases. With the sun finally making an appearance, there is no better time to get some summer gear for your wardrobe.

  12. Looking to spruce up your wardrobe for spring/summer? GIFT YOUR GEAR Bring your tired old kit into us at Rohan Guildford and we will give you a 15% discount off a purchases from our new season’s lines. The clock is ticking though and this fantastic offer is only valid until the 31st of March so dont miss out. Pop down today and meet our team who are looking forward to showing you through our excellent new ranges.

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